It’s been a long haul for Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, which has been under renovation since closing its doors in August 2015. Billy Joel performed on opening night, April 5, and on April 8, the public was welcomed to an open house. Take a look at the various stages the arena has gone through.

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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, veterans and officials from NYCB Live’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, standing around the new veterans memorial at the transformed and newly reopened sports and entertainment venue Saturday, April 8, 2017 .

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Veterans of several wars gathered for the dedication of an eternal flame outside the renovated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, April 8, 2017. 

 

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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, with veterans and officials from NYCB Live’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, dedicated a memorial to veterans at the renovated venue Saturday, April 8, 2017.

 

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Face painter Sheila Jordan shows Madison Lynch of East Rockaway her painted face during the open house at the renovated Nassau Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale Saturday, April 8, 2017.

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Color Guard members marched into place at the dedication of a memorial to veterans Saturday, April 8, 2017, at NYCB Live's Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale.

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Jessie Santiago painted the face of Christopher Richardson, 2, of Plainview during an open house at the renovated Nassau Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale Saturday, April 8, 2017.

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Ed Dempsey helping the Long Island Nets, a D league team, coach children at a basketball camp held during the open house at the renovated Nassau Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale Saturday, April 8, 2017.

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There was a large turnout for the open house at the renovated Nassau Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale Saturday, April 8, 2017.

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Ed Dempsey helping the Long Island Nets, a D league team, with coaching children at the basketball camp at the renovated Nassau Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale Saturday, April 8, 2017.

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Gabriella Thomas, 17 and Daniella Lopez, 7, shooting baskets at the renovated Nassau Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale Saturday, April 8, 2017.

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Billy Joel walks through NYCB Live's Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum during a banner-raising ceremony in his honor on Monday, April 3, 2017. Joel will be celebrating 33 sold out shows at the arena and will be the first performer when the revamped venue reopens on Wednesday.

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From left, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, singer-songwriter Billy Joel, NYCB Executive Vice President Andrew Kaplan and Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment attend a banner-raising ceremony for the entertainer celebrating his 33 sold-out shows at NYCB Live's Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Monday, April 3, 2017.

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Billy Joel watches during a banner-raising ceremony in his honor at NYCB Live's Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Monday, April 3, 2017. Joel will be celebrating 33 sold out shows at the arena and will be the first performer when the revamped venue reopens on Wednesday. 

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The lower concourse at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017.

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Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano in the lower concourse, where photos of the Islanders are on display, at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017.

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The hallway at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on March 31, 2017.

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Blue Moon Beer Garden at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on March 31, 2017.

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The promoters lounge at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on March 31, 2017.

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This is the area in the lower concourse at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017.

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Uniondale High School's choir, Rhythm of the Knight, performs during the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017.

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The Uniondale High School Choir, Rhythm of the Knight, performs at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Uniondale.

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The Uniondale High School Choir, Rhythm of the Knight, performs at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Uniondale.

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Uniondale High School's Rhythm of the Knight choir performs during the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017.

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A hallway at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on March 31, 2017.

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The artist dressing room at at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on March 31, 2017.

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The Green Room at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on March 31, 2017.

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Long Island Nets locker room at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on March 31, 2017.

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A hockey locker room at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on March 31, 2017.

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The renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Uniondale.

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Seats at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Uniondale.

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Former Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, fourth from right, and Kevin Law, second from right, were among the guests at the opening of the renovated Nassau Coliseum Friday, March 31, 2017.

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Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano addresses the audience after the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017.

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Developer Bruce Ratner addresses the audience after the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017.

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Developer Bruce Ratner addresses the audience after the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017.

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Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano greets developer Bruce Ratner at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Uniondale.

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Developer Bruce Ratner speaks about the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Uniondale.

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Developer Bruce Ratner speaks about the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Uniondale.

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Developer Bruce Ratner speaks about the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Uniondale.

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Developer Bruce Ratner, speaking at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the renovated Nassau Coliseum on March 31, 2017, says 10,000 gallons of paint were used on the renovations. He added it was all union labor.

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The opening of the renovated Nassau Coliseum on March 31, 2017. The Prime Cheeseburger costs $9, according to the menu on the screen. Chicken tenders and fries are $11.

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Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Bruce Ratner cut a ribbon at the entry to the arena and concert area at the renovated Nassau coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Uniondale.

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Developer Bruce Ratner takes a walk in the newly renovated Nassau Coliseum before the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Friday, March 31, 2017.

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Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and developer Bruce Ratner cut a ribbon at the entry to the arena and concert area at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Uniondale.

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Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and developer Bruce Ratner just after the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the entry to the arena and concert area at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Uniondale.

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Entry to the arena and concert area at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Uniondale.

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The promenade outside the arena area during the grand opening of the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Uniondale.

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The new arena and concert area during the grand opening of the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Uniondale.

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The new arena and concert area during the grand opening of the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Uniondale.

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The new arena and concert area during the grand opening of the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Uniondale.

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The grand opening of the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 31, 2017, in Uniondale.

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The new face of Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

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The new face of Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

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Nassau Coliseum's new, external modern look takes shape on Jan. 10, 2017.

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Joe and Maryann Campanelli of Plainview and their family take their seats as the first ticket holders at the newly renovated Nassau Coliseum on Jan. 10, 2017.

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The first renovated seats at Nassau Coliseum get unveiled on Jan. 10, 2017.

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Seats get installed one-by-one at Nassau Coliseum on Jan. 10, 2017, ushering in a new sense of comfort for the Uniondale arena.

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Construction worker Tom Hennessey drills away during the renovation of Nassau Coliseum on Jan. 10, 2017.

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New skyboxes are installed at Nassau Coliseum on Jan. 10, 2017.

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Arena sponsor New York Community Bank gets its NYCB Live emblem emblazoned on the roof of Nassau Coliseum on Jan. 4, 2017.

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Metallic panels of the new facade are erected outside Nassau Coliseum on Nov. 7, 2016.

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Construction workers put together the structures that hold up the panels on the outside of Nassau Coliseum on Nov. 7, 2016.

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This aerial view of Nassau Coliseum shows construction crews working on the exterior of the arena on Oct. 25, 2016.

 

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The Islanders' blue and orange gets removed from the halls during the renovation at Nassau Coliseum on Sept. 14, 2016.

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Working from the floor to the rafters at Nassau Coliseum on Sept. 14, 2016.

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The lobby of Nassau Coliseum, while undergoing renovations, pictured on Aug. 23, 2016, which will modernize the building with high ceilings, letting in more natural light.

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Out with the old and in with the new as the innards of Nassau Coliseum get gutted on Aug. 23, 2016.

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Although everything is changing inside Nassau Coliseum, the dedication plaque, pictured here on Aug. 23, 2016, will remain in place. 

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This bird's-eye view of Nassau Coliseum showcases an aerial shot of the entire property on June 20, 2016, as it undergoes construction which includes a new facade.

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Before there's dancing on the ceiling at Nassau Coliseum there's work being done  . . . to the ceiling on June 7, 2016.

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Christopher Sharples, principal at SHoP Architects, shows off a sample of the futuristic exterior of Nassau Coliseum on June 7, 2016.

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The view from where the stage will sit at Nassau Coliseum on June 7, 2016.

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The corridor for sections 321/322 in flux at Nassau Coliseum on June 7, 2016.

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Rebecca D'Eloia, senior vice president at Forest City Ratner Companies, leads a tour of the interior construction at Nassau Coliseum on June 7, 2016.

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The media gathers in the lower level of Nassau Coliseum for a progress preview on March 30, 2016.

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Developer Bruce Ratner, left, and County Executive Ed Mangano assess the interior of Nassau Coliseum on March 30, 2016.

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Even the expo area of Nassau Coliseum is getting revamped, pictured here on March 30, 2016

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Entering the Nassau Coliseum construction at floor level on March 30, 2016.

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The view from the stands at Nassau Coliseum amid the construction on March 30, 2016.

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A chain-link fence surrounds the Coliseum on March 23, 2016, during its construction phase. At this time, a business group wanted Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano to rescind the lease to redevelop the arena, which was held by Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov.

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The striking of the Coliseum began on Nov. 5, 2015, when Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, left, and developer Bruce Ratner, took ceremonial swings with a sledgehammer to the old walls of the arena.

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After the Islanders played their final game at Nassau Coliseum and moved into Brooklyn's Barclays Center, the ice is broken in the center of the team's logo on May 5, 2015, and gets removed by a payloader.

 

The sun sets behind the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, as people await word on the Nassau County Coliseum Referendum vote which would determine the fate of the arena, Aug. 1, 2011.

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The sun sets on Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale on August 1, 2011, as a new era is about to begin for the arena when the public voted on the Nassau County Coliseum Referendum determining its fate.

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